The Hangover: How to Clean a Bar or Restaurant After a party

By Amy Milshtein

The Hangover: How to Clean a Bar or Restaurant After a party

Certain days are going to busy at a restaurant or bar. Mother's day, Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day mean full tables and a deep bar line, but did you know that Superbowl Sunday, and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving are also high volume times? Holidays like these along with Cinco de Mayo and Halloween bring extra patrons, making up a large part of the $782.7 billion in annual restaurant industry sales according to the National Restaurant Association. But what about the morning after? Large crowds mean extra mess. Knowing how to clean a bar or restaurant after a party will keep operations seamless.

Swamped at the Bar

Extra patrons guarantee your bar will be busy all night long but along with extra profits expect extra mess. Staff should be prepared to clean as they go, cleaning up spills as soon as they happen. A supply of microfiber towels and cloths makes this job quick and easy. Beer, spirits, sugary sodas and juices will leave a sticky film behind that will encourage the growth of bacteria. After closing, attack all surfaces of the bar area , including the bar top, floors, counters and cabinet handles with a disinfecting cleaning solution. Also instruct workers to never use a drinking glass to scoop ice for drinks no matter how busy they get as the glass may break in the ice machine or transfer germs to the ice.

No Rest for the Restroom

A busy bar and dining room means a busy restroom. Make sure that staff checks washrooms regularly to restock paper supplies and hand soaps. Any emergency messes should be dealt with immediately. If the floor requires cleaning be sure to warn patrons with a "wet floor" sign to help avoid slips and falls. When the event is over, staff should attack the bathroom from top to bottom, cleaning lights and walls before getting to the commode and sink areas. Make sure they hit the touch points, like faucet handles, soap and towel dispensers and door handles, too.

Be Prepared

If your establishment is busy chances are your neighbor is too. While high-volume days benefit all, it makes sense that everyone will need a cleaning crew the morning after. If you expect to hire extra staff or a special crew to help get your place back together make sure to book them before the event. The same goes for any specialty cleaning equipment that you might need. While every restaurant employs a daily checklist that tells you how to clean a bar and restaurant, the day after a busy night may be the perfect time to tackle monthly tasks.

Click here for more information on cleaning tools that can help you get the job done quickly and safely.

Amy Milshtein

Amy Milshtein

Amy Milshtein covers design, facility management and business topics for a variety of trade publications and consumer magazines. 

Her work has won several awards, most recently a regional silver Azbee Award of Excellence.

She lives in Portland, OR with her family and Clyde, a 15-lb tabby cat. Once an avid hiker, these days she finds herself on the less-challenging -but-still-exciting 'creaky knees' trails.

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